September 25, 2016 at 7:56AM
Getting the best results possible from non-actors
Hello fellow filmenthusiasts,
I'm working on a short right now, and for the first time it is not only me and my animated puppets, but an actor who I have to direct.
The problem is, that he's not really an actor. Not at all, actually.
It is a 14 year old local boy who I thought would fit in with my visual preferences for my film. Needless to say I had no budget at all so I had no choice.
The thing is, that we had our first day on set half a week ago and some things went flawless, but I just can't get to him to explain which emotions he should display when portraying a scared person. And I hope that it's my fault, because then it is something I can correct. So, before giving up on him being a bad actor, I'd love to hear some ideas of how to talk to somebody who has not been taught how to perform.
Thanks in advance - I'd love to make a change to it.